whats the best security suite?

Phill
9th May 2006, 21:39
I am running McAffe Internet security suite 2006, of which just lately I have been pulling my hair out, i.e. unable to open my e-mail account, and having to reset it regularly, the firewall turning it self off, and having to go through long winded mails to them to get it sorted out, IS IT JUST ME, or is there anyone else having problems with them?



Or what is the best security to use?



Phill

Santos
9th May 2006, 22:00
Hi Phil,

Try Microsoft AVG its free - also windows do a firewall if you are running XP.

Chris

Frank P
9th May 2006, 22:02
I have used Mcaffe and norton in the past and had problems.
I now use AVG, it is free you can download it from the web, jut type in AVG in Google and you will find it.
I have been running AVG for 2 years and up to now I have had no problems (touch wood).

Frank

John Rogers
9th May 2006, 22:17
I go along with Santos,Windows Defender,free from Bill Gates. AVG also free takes some beating. McAffe always gave me a problem,they have said its has some conflicts with windows OS.
John

R798780
9th May 2006, 22:34
Going back 2 or 3 years we were fixing PCs at work and AVG (not Microsoft) picked up a couple of viruses that one of the big names Norton or McAfee missed.

My personal preferance is NOD32 but it's not free. AVG takes some beating particularly because it's free to the home user, we use AVG at work but because work is a company, AVG is not free.

I thought young Bill's defender was a spyware program, not antivirus. I use it under it's previous name, together with Spybot and Ad-aware - all free. Sunday morning is ships/captain's inspection, update them on line then set them all off hunting, one after another.

John Rogers
9th May 2006, 23:34
You are corect Hugh, Defender is a Spyware program.
John

ruud
9th May 2006, 23:50
Ahoy,

I'm using AntiVir PersonalEdition Premium ,that has replaced my old AVG,and is very satisfying;

http://www.free-av.com/

benjidog
10th May 2006, 00:16
I would probably get the sack for saying this but I use Computer Associate eTrust EZAntivirus and have done for the last 6 years and never had a virus in that time. If I recall it is about £15 per year. I have it set up to install updates automatically every day.

I also use a router between my computers and the ADSL connection which adds a layer of protection.

Brian

John Rogers
10th May 2006, 01:39
Brian my Provider has the CA eZtrust virus protection in my DSL package along with a Trojan protector free,however I have been using AVG also and so-far no conflicts with them.
John

mcgurggle
10th May 2006, 06:12
Definatley Zone Alarm S.S.
McG

Riverman
10th May 2006, 09:04
Nod 32 antivirus (cost£), Outpost Firewall (cost£), Adaware (free), MS Antispyware (free), Spybot (free), they should keep your system clean. If you want everything for free substitute the first two for AVG and Zone Alarm.

Riverman

http://riverman.gotdns.com

Chief Engineer's Daughter
10th May 2006, 09:41
I used to use AVG and it never let me down. Now I have BT Broadband and with the package comes internet security. It seems to be ok but I've only had it for a couple of months, so time will tell.

Skol
CED

paul0510
10th May 2006, 12:57
how about the top floor at the Pentagon?

Pat McCardle
10th May 2006, 13:05
I used to use AVG and it never let me down. Now I have BT Broadband and with the package comes internet security. It seems to be ok but I've only had it for a couple of months, so time will tell.

Skol
CED

I'm on BTBroadband too CED, with Xoftspy & Norton antivirus as extras. I ran scans on both these products & they came up with 3 virus' each. I then downloaded AVG & scanned & AVG found 48 Trojan Horses, so thanks for the info on the site Chris (Applause)

Phill
12th May 2006, 20:20
THANKS VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOU’RE COMENTS. Some Excellent advice,

I will be deleting McaFee, pretty shortly



Phill

Julian
9th June 2006, 17:10
Don't use AVG free, we used to use it and the one time our dell PC got a virus AVG couldn't cope and the computer crashed, it had to go to the repair shop.

We now use McAfee Internet Security Suite and have never had a problem with that

flyer682
10th June 2006, 03:52
I have Norton AntiVirus installed. Is it possible to also run AVG, or will this cause conflict between the two?

RCHARLTON
10th June 2006, 06:25
I have Norton AntiVirus installed. Is it possible to also run AVG, or will this cause conflict between the two?

I am running both together and have had no problems. I have also had very good experience with AVG. My computer got infected several weeks ago and AVG was the only program to find all traces of the virus.

Ray

flyer682
14th June 2006, 09:57
Thanks for that Ray. I might just give it a try.

Hugh MacLean
14th June 2006, 16:12
I can only advise you not to run two anti virus programs together. They can and usually do cause all sorts of problems.

Rgds

TaffTech
8th July 2006, 20:19
My current 'set' of free preventative security tools I install as standard on a new or 'clean' PC are:-

Zonealarm Free (http://www.majorgeeks.com/ZoneAlarm_Free_d388.html)

AVG free edition (http://www.majorgeeks.com/AVG_Free_Edition_d886.html)

Spybot Search and Destroy (http://www.majorgeeks.com/SpyBot-Search_&_Destroy_d2471.html) (once you've updated and immunised, switch to advanced mode, tools, and add the Spybot Hosts file)

Spywareblaster (http://www.majorgeeks.com/SpywareBlaster_d2859.html)

These will give a substantial amount of protection for most users with 'safe' surfing habits, whilst still retaining a responsive computer (some of the subscription security programs can be very heavy on all but the newest, fastest computers).

Most of the browser security issues can be 'bypassed' by using a non-Microsoft browser eg Firefox (www.mozilla.org) or Opera (www.opera.com).

I also install CCleaner (http://www.majorgeeks.com/CCleaner_d4191.html) to enable a quick cleanup of temp files, cookies and other dross to enable faster, more efficient defragging and A/V or spyware scanning.

If you have a machine you suspect is already contaminated by spyware, try Ewido Anti-Malware (http://www.majorgeeks.com/Ewido_Anti-Malware_d4677.html), it costs but it is a fully functioning trial for the first 30 days.


More suggestions for free security (and other software) at Majorgeeks (http://www.majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=20) and Pricelessware. (http://www.pricelesswarehome.org/2006/about2006PL.php)

Cheers,

Taff.

mcgurggle
8th July 2006, 22:32
My current 'set' of free preventative security tools I install as standard on a new or 'clean' PC are:-

Zonealarm Free (http://www.majorgeeks.com/ZoneAlarm_Free_d388.html)

AVG free edition (http://www.majorgeeks.com/AVG_Free_Edition_d886.html)

Spybot Search and Destroy (http://www.majorgeeks.com/SpyBot-Search_&_Destroy_d2471.html) (once you've updated and immunised, switch to advanced mode, tools, and add the Spybot Hosts file)

Spywareblaster (http://www.majorgeeks.com/SpywareBlaster_d2859.html)

These will give a substantial amount of protection for most users with 'safe' surfing habits, whilst still retaining a responsive computer (some of the subscription security programs can be very heavy on all but the newest, fastest computers).

Most of the browser security issues can be 'bypassed' by using a non-Microsoft browser eg Firefox (www.mozilla.org) or Opera (www.opera.com).

I also install CCleaner (http://www.majorgeeks.com/CCleaner_d4191.html) to enable a quick cleanup of temp files, cookies and other dross to enable faster, more efficient defragging and A/V or spyware scanning.

If you have a machine you suspect is already contaminated by spyware, try Ewido Anti-Malware (http://www.majorgeeks.com/Ewido_Anti-Malware_d4677.html), it costs but it is a fully functioning trial for the first 30 days.


More suggestions for free security (and other software) at Majorgeeks (http://www.majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=20) and Pricelessware. (http://www.pricelesswarehome.org/2006/about2006PL.php)

Cheers,

Taff.


Why go to MAJORGEEKS.COM & PRICELESSWAREHOME.COM when the softwares have their own home pages.
AVG & Zone Alarm are MAJOR pieces of software & dont need third & fourth parties to HOST their downloads.
Steer clear.!!
BTW Tafftech....What was your connection with the SEA ???
Regards
McG (Thumb)

TaffTech
9th July 2006, 05:33
Why go to MAJORGEEKS.COM & PRICELESSWAREHOME.COM when the softwares have their own home pages.How many people can visit www.grisoft.com or www.zonelabs.com and find their free versions without wasting lots of time? These sites don't just host the files, they supply the links direct to the originating sites as well as taking the stress from the makers servers. How much time do you want to waste? Would you prefer to spend $15+ on each piece of software on the commercial sites home pages or go direct to their free software?

AVG & Zone Alarm are MAJOR pieces of software & dont need third & fourth parties to HOST their downloads.Time a new visitor to their sites; how long does it take them to track down the free versions?

Steer clear.!!Check the links - every link contains another link direct to the home page of the software makers and alternative download sites (it's been known for spyware makers to host blocking attacks on antispyware sites).

BTW Tafftech....What was your connection with the SEA ???My PISS ends up in it. What's your connection to preventing spyware, worms and viruses???

RegardsHaHaHaHaha - joking, right?

You guys want help with computer and internet help and advice, free of charge or not? Check my first post here on this forum, bottom line ...

The biggest computer security problem is - users who think they're immune!

Cheers,

Taff.

ruud
9th July 2006, 05:47
More suggestions for free security (and other software) at Majorgeeks (http://www.majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=20) and Pricelessware. (http://www.pricelesswarehome.org/2006/about2006PL.php)

Cheers,

Taff.Ahoy Taff,

Another very usefull link is this one,lots of free downloads, and comments of the owners/users that have downloaded the suggested links, with pros and cons, and at least it says either it's free or trial/buy version.

http://www.download.com/

Keltic Star
9th July 2006, 06:38
Thanks for the tips Taff, I've just downloaded Zone Alarm to add to already installed AVG Free. Will work on the others tomorrow.
Cheers
Bob

calvin
13th July 2006, 18:37
try f.secure.

non descript
21st September 2006, 11:28
There has been some very useful input on the subject of Anti-Virus Software and surely there will be always be individual preferences and experiences; I for one was always supportive of McAfee, but I have finally come to understand it is far from perfect and it does actual create as many problems as it solves. Certainly its operating system appears to take up a huge amount of computing power and slows the PC dramatically. Recently the speed of email handling on one of our PC’s using McAfee has almost ground to a halt.

The most recent McAfee “upgrade” actually wiped out one of my PC’s and left me with some rather negative feelings towards that company. As a replacement anti-virus, I have been guided towards www.nod32.com and all I have heard so far seems to be very positive, with the overall comment being that because of its foot-print, it does NOT slow down the PC. I have not seen the whole pricing package, but I gather £180 for three years for 5 PC’s is a likely figure.

I would welcome any guidance.

Phill
22nd September 2006, 17:40
Cheers Tonga

Mcaffe managed to clear my system for me,But luckily i had a recent backup disc, and only lost a few files,,,,,,, only to pull my hair out with the cowboys at a big PC retailer???????,,,,,,,,at present i feel a bit safer with Norton

Phill

billyboy
23rd September 2006, 09:34
AGV (free for home users) has regular daily updates. works very well and does not seem to slow me down at all. Many people i know in high possitions working for some very important companies actualy reccomend it.
Norton wiped me out, as did PC Cillin (trend) Symantec slows me down to much (i am on an old dial up system due to my location). All in can say is give AGV a try, it works damn well for me! i also run "AD Aware" it gets rid of quite a lot of potential spyware (and theres plenty of that about these days.)

R651400
28th September 2006, 03:15
For what it's worth running two AV progs can result in one recognising t'other as a virus!
I've been running Grisoft AVG free and Zonelabs free firewall for years and they have given sterling svc.
Cleanup takes care of internet crap on a daily basis and the only outlay I think worth investing in is anti-trojan and I have found Webroot Spy Sweeper not only the fastest but the best I have used so far.

non descript
28th September 2006, 08:06
Well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating....

I removed the awful McAfee and install NOD 32 with an instant and amazing result. the machine is now 10 times fast and the AV properties superb.

I will never touch a McAfee product again.
(==D)

TaffTech
11th October 2006, 01:34
An interesting set of tests on how much certain applications - A/V, firewalls and more affect the speed of your machine:- What Really Slows Windows Down (http://www.thepcspy.com/articles/other/what_really_slows_windows_down/5) - the link takes you straight to the results page (5 of 5).

Some of you will not be surprised at the results!

Try Foxit Reader instead of Adobe for reading .pdf's as a quick DIY test, it's a 1.5Mb download.

PAULD
11th October 2006, 10:56
i was getting problems with fee s/suite every time it up dated, removed it in the end on only use the virus and firewall now and its been ok

K urgess
20th October 2006, 23:19
For those of you wondering what's the best antivirus to use I came across this the other day.

Hightly recommended.(Thumb)

leo hannan
22nd October 2006, 11:27
For those of you wondering what's the best antivirus to use I came across this the other day.

Hightly recommended.(Thumb)

That just about sums it up "BRILLIANT".
I use Anti Virus AVG & Anti Virus Shield(Dont seem to have a problem Running 2)
Firewall XP
Anti Spy Ad-Aware
Spy Bot
Windows Defender
Tried Comodo Firewall but it was a bit to technical for me
Regards
Leo (Thumb)
PS If you sign up for AOL free e-mail you can download a complete security suite(Free) although I have never tried it.

trivetts
22nd October 2006, 14:43
Kaspersky, and NOD 32, both of these are very good.

mike13
28th November 2006, 13:52
Watch out for WIN ANTI VIRUS 2006

mikeg
28th November 2006, 17:12
For those of you wondering what's the best antivirus to use I came across this the other day.

Hightly recommended.(Thumb)

..the downside is the smell of rubber with a Firewall (==D)

moaf
28th November 2006, 20:25
Google told me the win anti virus 2006 is malware!

billyboy
29th November 2006, 07:49
For me i still sat the AVG antivirus (free) is the best thing i have ever used. free updates daily too!
I run Ad Aware with it... no problems anymore with the computer. (still get probs from our ancient rice powered server though..)

Jankers
4th December 2006, 00:15
I used to have all the hasstle mentioned above, then choose to install a Linux Distributuion. Now, no more anti virus hassle, just an "Ethernet" modem/router (approx£25), a" live Cd" linux distribution (PCLinux in my case) and no more worries.

There are loads of Linux distibutions (O/s's in Windows language) which run from the CD, no need to install them to your hard drive so nothing can be corrupted. Most also allow you to install if you so choose, all you need is sufficient space (about 5gig minimum, better if 10g are available) and a partition tool prog (also normally on the "live Cd") .

A good place to start is http://www.linux.org/dist/list.html.
You can pick up live CD's for a couple of quid or download from the net and burn your own.

J.

Lifeboat1721
16th March 2007, 19:27
I used to run Norton but found it to intrusive and slowed pc down, I have been using AVG for the past 12 months and Defender, I also weekly Scan my pc with C cleaner and have no probs.

Jankers
25th March 2007, 01:51
I no longer use any?

I used to use Win 98 and WinXP and got heartily tired of checking and updating(and crashing), so I swoppped to Linux.

No virus problems, no need to check anything, never let Windows near the Web and all is well.

It is probably worth giving one of the "Live CD" distrobutions of Linux a try, there are quite a lot to choose from. All you really need is a routwer with built in security (mine cost £22) and away you go.
You can use the live CD to see if you like it, it runs without disturbing anything on the hard drive and then install it if you are happy.

There are fine for general office stuff, web browsing and email but many folk keep windows and 'Dual Boot' as Windows runs games and some applications better (ie Cad)

A start point is http://linuxdisks.co.uk/ldshop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4
where you can buy a CD, or browse "Linux Live CD" and download a distro, just remember to burn it as an "iso image" or it will not work.
J.

John_F
25th March 2007, 17:33
My Norton A/V expired this week so I thought I would try Norton 360. For the one price you are allowed to download it to 3 PCs.
Don't touch it!!!!! It would not completely download & I probably spent in excess of 6 hours on the phone to the support services, in addition to the time that I spent uninstalling & reinstalling. In the end, I asked for a refund which Norton say they have given me.
The support line is a call centre in India & whilst all the staff seem to speak English it is not English as I know it & I had great difficulty in understanding what they were trying to tell me.
I have now followed the advice of several contributors to this thread & opted for AVG (Free Home Version). Certainly, the PC now boots up much more quickly. I have noticed that it does a full scan of the system at the first time of switching on each day. If I find AVG effective I'll put it on my laptop & my wife's laptop when Norton expires later this year.
Thanks for all your advice.
Kind regards,
John F.

Davey
31st March 2007, 20:54
TaffTech,
Thanks for that last link of yours. Peeps might also find some useful info with the link below.Davey.

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/

Clive Anthony Fisher
1st April 2007, 04:41
My Norton A/V expired this week so I thought I would try Norton 360. For the one price you are allowed to download it to 3 PCs.
Don't touch it!!!!! It would not completely download & I probably spent in excess of 6 hours on the phone to the support services, in addition to the time that I spent uninstalling & reinstalling. In the end, I asked for a refund which Norton say they have given me.
The support line is a call centre in India & whilst all the staff seem to speak English it is not English as I know it & I had great difficulty in understanding what they were trying to tell me.
I have now followed the advice of several contributors to this thread & opted for AVG (Free Home Version). Certainly, the PC now boots up much more quickly. I have noticed that it does a full scan of the system at the first time of switching on each day. If I find AVG effective I'll put it on my laptop & my wife's laptop when Norton expires later this year.
Thanks for all your advice.
Kind regards,
John F.


John, same happened with me with the above Norton A>V should I say and replaced it with AVG so far so good.
Clive.

Lefty
1st April 2007, 22:17
I'm no PC expert so I asked the pros recently having taken onboard a new security system and finding my PC failing me on many points. The Pro, my computer tutor has suggested that reoccurring probs with different systems indicates my RAM capacity is too small! Tomorrow I upgrade RAM so watch this space!!! H

John_F
2nd April 2007, 08:27
I'm no PC expert so I asked the pros recently having taken onboard a new security system and finding my PC failing me on many points. The Pro, my computer tutor has suggested that reoccurring probs with different systems indicates my RAM capacity is too small! Tomorrow I upgrade RAM so watch this space!!! H
Lefty,
About a month before my Norton A/V expired, I upgraded my memory from 512 to 1024mb. The new Norton A/V would still not download completely. I wish you luck but don't hold your breath.
Kind regards,
John F.

K urgess
2nd April 2007, 10:58
I've been using Norton in all it's guises since before viruses were a problem.
This year I've binned it.
It's too invasive. Won't let go when you try to get rid of it. Won't let you switch things off you don't want. Tech support sucks. Finding tech support is a nightmare.(Cloud)
I started in computers in 1979 when you needed to be a weightlifter just to move a hard drive. Now I ask the people who stayed in it when it became a board/unit swapping job and they say AVG is about the best for amateurs.
Which Magazine did a security suite survey in January and said AVG wasn't much good in that capacity but the anti-virus was excellent. It recommended Zone Alarm as a best buy security suite along with Trend and Steganos coming in 2nd and 3rd.
I use Zone Alrarm as a firewall (along with the router firewall) and AVG for viruses.
The only bit of Norton that I shall miss is the disk utility "Speed disk" but "Diskeeper" has been recommended. I tried it for the initial period and it worked very well. It does the things that they've now taken out of Norton. It's just a matter of getting round to it.
http://www.diskeeper.com/landing/landing.asp?RId=1046&ad=dk10google&APID=PPS0001292&gclid=COK4sNzjo4sCFRP3EAod_U9mgA
Will get you to their web site.
Cheers
Kris

Lefty
2nd April 2007, 15:31
Hi again! Have added 512 MB to my system, dumped Zone Labs and installed Trend PC-Illin and the sun shines again!!!
My first ever AV was Norton Anti Virus, I bought the new suite come the new year and it wouldn't allow it in despite following all the instructions. I then uninstalled all Norton but there remained a portion that seemed completely un-installable. So I paid a Pro to clear my HD and start again with Trend. All went well until I was enticed by my new server to take aboard Zone Labs. It too was just so intrusive. Now I'm back to Trend! H

lilguy43uk
3rd May 2007, 08:53
I have a shotgun and Rottweiler and NOBODY gets into my PC. Seriously though folks, I've always found Norton to be reasonable but any security suite has to interact with your PC and can cause problems depending on your O/S and what other programs you are running

billyboy
3rd May 2007, 11:27
like many others i had to get rid of norton,trend, and other anti virus programs due to problems.
For me it has to be AVG, its free and automaticaly updates itself every day. I recently had a floppy disk handed to me which had 4 Trojans on it. AVg cleaned it off a treat. of all the systems i have tried AVG comes out on top.
hope this helps.

kottemann
3rd May 2007, 12:08
I swore I would not get involved in this thread for fear of being sacked for advocating free software and solutions. Im sure some of you may know this link www.filehippo.com it is a resource that was set up by guys like me who want to share the wealth with other users and has a huge list of useful utilities for all sorts of applications. In order to keep your computer safe I would recommend the following AVG Free (the antivirus not the anti spyware)
Spybot search and destroy and CC cleaner. Just a tip regarding AVG if you dont use your computer regularly manually check for updates.

Pemcol
3rd May 2007, 16:51
I've just resd the entire thread and learned alot, when McAfee fouled me up last year after cleaning it up for me the repairer advised Bullguard it cost £40 but I have been trouble free ever since, though my 512 seems to be a little on the slow side now, but this I put down to age ( the PC and me )

colx
1st July 2007, 11:12
whats the best security site
i have to agree with billyboy avg ive had it for years and my pc fixer upper told me to get rid of norton years ago it was causing problems avg is free its great colx

sparkie2182
1st July 2007, 22:30
i would always advise against using more than 1 antivirus........not only causes stacks of problems..... but also leads to loooooooooooooooong boot up times.........20 minutes or more.
i would always suggest avg for reasons already stated on this thread.

mcgurggle
1st July 2007, 23:43
The thread is supposed to be about the best SECURITY SUITE! Not just antivirus. In light of that - I still say that 'Zone Alarm Security Suite' is TOPS.. Antivirus, Spyware removal, popup blocker, Spam filter Identity protection (Credit card details etc.), Instant messenging security & Parental control. Everything works in harmony co's its an integrated programme & updates are available every day.
McG(Thumb)

sparkie2182
2nd July 2007, 13:39
sorry.........yet again

Santos
2nd July 2007, 19:37
The thread is supposed to be about the best SECURITY SUITE! Not just antivirus. In light of that - I still say that 'Zone Alarm Security Suite' is TOPS.. Antivirus, Spyware removal, popup blocker, Spam filter Identity protection (Credit card details etc.), Instant messenging security & Parental control. Everything works in harmony co's its an integrated programme & updates are available every day.
McG(Thumb)

A bit harsh on Sparkie 2182 there McG, every bit of info helps.

A Security Suite can be individually made out of seperate Antivirus, Spyware removal programs etc, Norton, McAfee et al just join all theirs together and make them one set up and then charge a lot of money for them.

I have made my Security Suite up of differing software, seperate AVG antivirus, Defender spyware and a very nice firewall.

Thanks for your views Sparkie, I appreciated them and concur with them.

Chris.

sparkie2182
2nd July 2007, 19:58
as you say chris.........it all helps.

last month i was asked by a friend why his p.c. took for ever to boot up.
answer........he was doubling his security (to his thinking) by having two a.v.
installed. i removed one for him........now works fine.
he was about to take his p.c. in to a repair shop and incur a bill.

as no one knows everything about this business, as you say.........

it all helps


best regards to all...........

mcgurggle
3rd July 2007, 06:36
I was NOT replying to Sparkie, I was pointing out the reason for the thread to everyone. If I was replying to Sparkie in general, I would have "Quoted" him.
Sorry Sparkie for the misunderstanding. I was not 'gettin' at you'. I was just trying to point out a slight deviation in the thread to everyone.
My sincere apologies.
McG

sparkie2182
3rd July 2007, 12:44
no problem mcgurggle............:)

your round next i think.................................:)

mcgurggle
3rd July 2007, 16:59
(Pint) (Pint)
McG